When SCORE recently asked me to become a regular blogger, I was flattered and excited, but when I was told that I would be the first man to blog regularly of the SCORE Women’s Success Blog, I actually wasn’t surprised. It made a lot of sense in my life. You see, I am completely surrounded by strong, powerful, opinionated, dynamic women. There is my lovey wife Maria of course, and my three beautiful daughters (two teens!) Vivian is my assistant extraordinaire, and even my agent is a woman. So this fits.
But it fits for another reason as well: I love SCORE. I think the work it does is necessary and vital. Whether it is blogs like this, or counseling online or in person, or its seminars, SCORE is one of the best friends a small business can have.
And in a sense, we are in the same business. I grew up in a small business household and always wanted to be my own boss. Even in law school, I found I was more interested in the business of law than the law of business, and so my first business was in fact my own law practice.
But maybe not surprisingly, these days I am a “recovering attorney.” Instead of litigating, I now spend my days helping entrepreneurs succeed. For the past dozen years, I have been the lead small business columnist at USATODAY.com, I have written 15 books (including my fourth child, The Small Business Bible), own a content-creation company now, and am fortunate enough to get to speak all over the world about the joys (and occasional sorrows) of small business.
Through all of these endeavors, I get to meet and hear from a lot of entrepreneurs. So what I hope to do here at the SCORE Women’s Success Blog every week is share the best tips, insights, and strategies I come across. As we say over at my website,
If I do my job right, yours just got easier!
Thanks for taking me along for the ride.